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    Hi Everyone

    I came across an old picture of a game played on a cruise, not quite sure what it is, but it got me thinking about games played on a cruise.

    Do you like to play games - I remember playing on Aurora once, all dressed up in formal wear! Can't quite remember what it was, but there was running around involved Not sure why I did it, I usually like to just watch! Unless it's a quiz, I usually like those, and actually won a bottle of champagne once with Bigsis, on a forum cruise Although it wasn't correct answers, it was the most common answer!

    So are you up for all the games? What is your favourite? Or do you prefer to watch, or just avoid them all!! .................................................. .............Carol

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    The photo is of Horse Racing Carol.

    The 'horses', around 18 inches high were on a wooden plinth and attached to the cord as in the photo and then wound in by the handle. the fastest handle winder was obviously the winner.

    The photo is obviously crew probably larking about, whereas the norm was to have ladies as the 'jockey.

    It was run like a normal horse race with the passengers laying a bet with real money...............Wilba
    Wilba

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      #3
      Another similar ‘betting’ game was frog racing, too difficult to explain without photos, but these were big nights on P&O during the 50’s, 60’s and possibly 70’s. I can’t be certain as my memory a little jaded.

      The two biggest games nights in those days were the passenger fancy dress night and Bingo.

      Some of the fancy dress rigouts were amazing, aided and abetted by the cabin stewards who would provide as much cardboard, crepe paper and sellotape as needed.

      Bingo was massive as it was only a parlour game in those days, so to buy a ticket and win money was unheard of as a game in the UK.

      Bear in mind everyone ate at the same time, first and second sitting in the MDR was the only place to eat, no buffets, speciality restaurants, burger bars and pizza parlours, so you didn’t have a shipload of people all eating at different times, meaning everyone was available to join in at these events, and most did……….Wilba
      Wilba

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        #4
        I had never played bowls, but we were on our first chritmas cruise with Fred ( about 10 years ago ) and we were on a sea day so thought we would have a look............joined in, loved it, and we now have our days on fred sorted. Bowls, Quiz, chuck a beanbag, lunch, golf, out by the pool for an hour and back in for afternoon quiz followed by a siesta........ Fabulous, cant wait for it all again x

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          #5
          Originally posted by Wilba View Post
          The photo is of Horse Racing Carol.

          The 'horses', around 18 inches high were on a wooden plinth and attached to the cord as in the photo and then wound in by the handle. the fastest handle winder was obviously the winner.

          The photo is obviously crew probably larking about, whereas the norm was to have ladies as the 'jockey.

          It was run like a normal horse race with the passengers laying a bet with real money...............Wilba
          Thank you Wilba, I did wonder .................................................. ...........Carol

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            #6
            I remember playing beanbag bowls on Airtours Carousel around the Canaries. The ship wasn't too well stabilised, so it was an interesting game.
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              #7
              Apart from the usual quizzes, the only game I play onboard is Duplicate Briidge.

              Jill Smith's OH and I hook up on forum cruises and usually add a couple of stamps to the Forum stamp pot.

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                #8
                I remember the horse racing and bingo years ago,there were also Beetle drives.
                I also remember traditional pool deck games like knobbly knees, belly flop and greasy pole.
                My Dad was undefeated greasy pole champion.
                For those who don't know it a large wooden pole was strapped across the pool and liberally 'greased.
                Each contestant had to edge out along the pole with a pillow and whack the other person till someone fell off.Some people fell off before they got near their opponent!
                My Dad's technique was to wrap.his legs tight around the pole , take a few blows ,then whack the opponent hard ,when they were tired or using the element of surprise.
                He was 'retired ' undefeated by my Mum as he used to get terrible headaches from all the bashing!
                I also remember the fancy dress contest one for adults one for children, I do recall.some elaborate costumes and some that were little more than a few bits of crepe paper.

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                  #9
                  I love quizzes and sometimes look for the paper ones often found in the library, they are like fireside quizzes. Travelling with two other couples we would participate in team quizzes but when there's just the two of us it is less fun. The first time in my life I ever played Bingo (and the last, I might add) was on a Med in the Island Escape many years ago. It was great fun but the prizes were a bit mediocre!

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                    #10
                    We were on a cruise(forgotten which one) a few years ago on a table for eight,most of whom were 70+. One of the passengers was a young guy aged 32! One of our fellow table guests was a retired accountant. He asked if anyone fancied a little game and everyone agreed.
                    The game involved everyone guessing how many "different" tablets/day would the total for the whole table be. I remember the first two responders ,a husband and wife answered 17 and 18 .This made me adjust my estimate up somewhat! !The young guy went next and he revealed that he was recovering from cancer of the oesophagus , but surprise ,surprise,he was only taking 2 tablets. The winner was the person who got nearest to the finishing total ,which in this particular instance was 65. No two tables will get the same answer...GOOD GAME GOOD GAME..

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                      #11
                      When I travelled solo, I would more or less join in anything for a bit of fun - and have lot of prizes to prove it. Sadly as time went by the decent prizes were discontinued - in some cases not even a pen with the ship line on it. Personally, I consider this a bit mean, as basically passengers are amusing themselves, without the need to ship in paid entertainers.

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                        #12
                        Joining in organised activities seems to be very popular and on the last day when people hand in their ‘points cards’ and prizes are handed out, theres generally quite a long queue!

                        OH gets involved in all the sports activities and scans each daily newsletter for times and locations. On some sea days I hardly see him.

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                          #13
                          Two others to add to the list of fondly remembered games.
                          Scavenger Hunt - you would be given a list of 20 items to go and collect and you would scavenge from anyone and everyone - such items might be a blue scarf, a drinks doiley, a needle and thread, a toothbrush etc. and you would ask the crew and passengers if you could' borrow' their belonging for the game.
                          Casino night in those good old days you didnt have such a thing as a Casino on board , so one night of the cruise the ballroom would be transformed with a roulette wheel black jack and gaming tables

                          I do remember the race nights above - you were given a race card with all the jockeys and riders name - all fun/jokey made up names and then you bet and could win as Wilba has said
                          I used to love the Fancy Dress parties - fantastic efforts made with bed sheets and boxes and all paraded around the ballroom and judged.
                          And of course the Greasy pole - absolute tradition

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                            #14
                            And people talk about ships being like Butlins on Sea nowadays...

                            Garf

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                              #15
                              Having used Celebrity pretty well exclusively for quite a few years now, I can't say I'm aware of any games being played on board. Having said that, it's nearly 2 years since I've been on a ship, so may have forgotten!

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